Explore the Family Name Earley

The meaning of Earley

1. English and Irish (Leitrim and Tyrone): variant of Early. 2. Americanized form of German Ehrle.

Dictionary of American Family Names, 2nd edition, © Oxford University Press, 2022.

How common is the last name Earley in the United States?

Based on data from the Decennial U.S. Census, the surname Earley has seen a slight decrease in popularity over the past decade. In 2000, it was ranked as the 3370th most popular surname, but by 2010, it had dropped to 3518th place, marking a change of -4.39%. Despite this drop in rank, the actual count of people with the surname Earley increased by 4.53% from 9701 in 2000 to 10140 in 2010. The proportion of people named Earley per 100k also decreased slightly by -4.44%.

Proportion per 100k3.63.44-4.44%

Race and Ethnicity of people with the last name Earley

Looking at the ethnic identity associated with the last name Earley, the Decennial U.S. Census data reveals several changes between 2000 and 2010. The proportion of individuals identifying as White decreased slightly from 86.30% to 84.42%, while those identifying as Black saw a modest increase from 9.97% to 10.50%. The Hispanic community with this surname nearly doubled in size, growing from 1.13% to 2.17%. Those identifying as two or more races also saw a notable increase from 1.64% to 1.96%. Meanwhile, the Asian/Pacific Islander and American Indian/Alaskan Native categories remained relatively stable, with minor decreases and increases respectively. Please note all proportions are given as a percentage of the total Earley population.

Two or More Races1.64%1.96%19.51%
American Indian and Alaskan Native0.52%0.53%1.92%
Asian/Pacific Islander0.44%0.41%-6.82%

Earley ancestry composition

23andMe computes an ancestry breakdown for each customer. People may have ancestry from just one population or they may have ancestry from several populations. The most commonly-observed ancestry found in people with the surname Earley is British & Irish, which comprises 57.5% of all ancestry found in people with the surname. The next two most common ancestries are French & German (22.7%) and Eastern European (3.6%). Additional ancestries include Italian, Nigerian, Scandinavian, Spanish & Portuguese, and Ghanaian, Liberian & Sierra Leonean.

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British & Irish57.5%
French & German22.7%
Eastern European3.6%

Possible origins of the surname Earley

Your DNA provides clues about where your recent ancestors may have lived. Having many distant relatives in the same location suggests that you may all share common ancestry there. Locations with many distant relatives can also be places where people have migrated recently, such as large cities. If a large number of individuals who share your surname have distant relatives in a specific area, it could indicate a connection between your surname and that location, stemming from either recent ancestral ties or migration.

Based on 23andMe data, people with last name Earley have recent ancestry locations in United Kingdom and Ireland.

RECENT ANCESTRY LocationPercentage
Greater London, United Kingdom88.10%
Greater Manchester, United Kingdom87.70%
Glasgow City, United Kingdom87.70%
West Midlands, United Kingdom87.70%
West Yorkshire, United Kingdom87.30%

What Earley haplogroups can tell you

Haplogroups are genetic population groups that share a common ancestor on either your paternal or maternal line. These paternal and maternal haplogroups shed light on your genetic ancestry and help tell the story of your family.

The top paternal haplogroup of people with the surname Earley is R-S846, which is predominantly found among people with European ancestry. Haplogroup R-S846 is descended from haplogroup R-M343. Other common haplogroups include R-S660 and R-P312, which are predominantly found among people with European and European ancestry. Other surnames with similar common haplogroups are: Early, Keegan, Fagan, Moran, Farrell, Flood, Mcgarry, Sheridan, Kearns, Kenney.

The most common maternal haplogroups of people with Earley surname are: H1, H, T2b. These most commonly trace back to individuals of European ancestry.

earleyPaternal Haplogroup Origins R-M343

Your maternal lineage may be linked to Marie Antoinette

Because it is so dominant in the general European population, haplogroup H also appears quite frequently in the continent's royal houses. Marie Antoinette, an Austrian Hapsburg who married into the French royal family, inherited the haplogroup from her maternal ancestors. So did Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, whose recorded genealogy traces his female line to Bavaria. Scientists also discovered that famed 16th century astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus traced his maternal lineages to haplogroup H.

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What do people with the surname Earley have in common?

Spoiler alert: it's complicated. People with the same last name are usually no more genetically similar than a randomly sampled group of people from the same population. That said, people with the same surname are more likely to have similar ancestries than randomly sampled individuals. The reason is the tendency of people with similar cultural or geographical backgrounds to preferentially mate with one another. That's why people who share a surname may be more likely to share traits and tendencies in common than people within the general population. Check out the percentages below to see the prevalences of tastes, habits, and traits of people with your surname compared with prevalences among 23andMe users.



Chocolate Ice Cream

Prefers chocolate flavored ice cream over other flavors.

"Earley" Surname 48.7%

23andMe Users 41.3%




When sounds made by others, like the sound of chewing or yawning, provoke strong emotional reactions in an individual.

"Earley" Surname 25.4%

23andMe Users 27.9%



Sugary Drink

Drinks one or more sugary drinks per day.

"Earley" Surname 21.0%

23andMe Users 21.1%




A severe headache characterized by intense pain, sensitivity to light and sound, and often accompanied by nausea and vomiting.

"Earley" Surname 16.9%

23andMe Users 16.4%

Are health conditions linked to the last name Earley?

The short answer is that, if there is an association between surname and health, it's usually more about your ancestry than your name. Individuals with a given surname are no more genetically similar than the general population but often have similar ancestries. The populations of people associated with those shared ancestries often have sets of genetic variations, also known as alleles, in common. Some of those alleles are associated with a greater likelihood of developing certain diseases.

Disease variant frequency by ancestry

Disease allele frequencies in populations associated with the surname Earley are shown below. Important Note: not everyone with a disease allele will develop these health condition

Age-Related Macular Degeneration

Y402H variant

Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the most common cause of irreversible vision loss among older adults. The disease results in damage to the central part of the retina (the macula), impairing vision needed for reading, driving, or even recognizing faces. The 23andMe Health + Ancestry DNA test includes the two most common variants associated with an increased risk of developing the condition: the Y402H variant in the CFH gene and the A69S variant in the ARMS2 gene. Learn more about Age-Related Macular Degeneration

British & Irish 62.1%

23andMe Users 57.2%